Track operators prepare for snow If Laurel cancels today, it hopes to run tomorrow

March 13, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Maryland racetrack operators started girding for the anticipated snowstorm early yesterday afternoon.

Jim Mango, general manager of Laurel/Pimlico, said: "We will cancel early [today] if we have to, probably by 6 a.m. But if we don't have to, we won't. If we do cancel today, we will still make every effort to run tomorrow."

Mango said that night crews that work on the racing surface alert him and track superintendent John Passero when it starts to snow. "Then we are at the track -- all night if necessary -- trying to keep on top of things. Our snow removal people, track and plant crews are all set. We will clear the parking lots every couple hours or so, trying to keep ahead of the storm."

Ted Snell, president of Rosecroft Raceway, said the harness track raced as usual last night. "Even though it hadn't snowed yesterday, we still got 80,000 calls from people asking us if we were racing," Snell said.

Today's Laurel feature, the Private Terms Stakes, will be recarded as soon as possible, probably next weekend if the track cancels today.

Mango added that if racing is called off, he still has plenty to do. "I'm working on setting up a dummy operation -- from mutuels to admissions to parking -- at Rosecroft Raceway," he said.

Laurel/Pimlico will start operating that track in the afternoons as a thoroughbred simulcast facility in a couple of weeks.

Bounding Daisy ready

Graham Motion, trainer of Bounding Daisy, the likely favorite for today's Private Terms Stakes, said that if the stakes is reset for next weekend, "it will make a mess out of my horse's schedule. We are trying to keep his races spread apart. But there isn't anything anybody can do about it."

Motion, 28, started conditioning the horse a few weeks before the colt's former trainer, Bernie Bond, died last month.

The horse has won his past two starts by a total of 18 lengths.

"I'm trying to follow the same sort of schedule that Bernie would have set up," he said.

Motion added that Gertrude Leviton's Gala Spinaway, champion Maryland-bred 3-year-old of 1991, recently joined his string. Motion also brought in six 2-year-olds from South Carolina.

Von Csadek preps

Von Csadek, the Baltimore County-based jumper expected to start in the English Grand National at Aintree Race Course in JTC Liverpool, England, April 3, is scheduled to have a prep race today at the Warrenton (Va.) Point-to-Point.

Doug Worrall, the horse's trainer, said that if the Warrenton races are canceled, he has a couple of alternative plans.

"I could try to manufacture my own race, probably in the middle of next week," he said. "Or I can run him next Saturday either in Aiken, S.C., or at the Howard County Hunt Races in Glenelg."

Worrall plans to fly Von Csadek to England a week before the Grand National. Then he wants to return him immediately to the United States for a try at a repeat victory in the Maryland Hunt Cup on April 24.

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